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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Dr. Blackwell’s Research to be Published in the Journal of Social Service Research

Filed under: Nursing Science — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 23:37

Dr. Blackwell’s original article, “Equality and Quality: The Relationship Between Magnet® Status and Healthcare Organizational Commitment to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equality” has been ACCEPTED for publication in the Journal of Social Service Research. The article explores findings from Dr. Blackwell’s work examining the relationship between healthcare organizations’ overall score on the HRC Healthcare Equality Index and their status as being a Magnet®-recognized institution. The article, which takes an interdisciplinary focus and written with co-authors Alina Diaz-Cruz, MSN, MA, RN (Instructor, Barry University College of Nursing and Health Sciences and UCF Ph.D. Candidate) and Dr. Xin Yin (Professor of Statistics, UCF Department of Statistics and Data Science), will be published later this year. The abstract appears below:

Introduction: Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons in the healthcare system is pervasive. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) conducts a major study annually in which participating healthcare organizations (n =626) are scored on their treatment of LGBTQ employees and clients published as its Healthcare Equality Index. Higher scores earned on the HEI correspond to more equitable treatment of LGBTQ persons, a mark of distinction. Similarly, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) recognizes nursing excellence in healthcare organizations by designating them as Magnet institutions (n =477), indicating alignment of the organization’s nursing strategic goals with improvement in patient outcomes. 

Methods: A secondary data analysis was conducted to determine if a relationship existed between an organization’s HEI score and ANCC Magnet recognition. 

Results: Results supported a statistically significant association between HEI score and Magnet®status (= .0336). 

Discussion: Nurses, social workers, and other healthcare professionals should advocate for LGBTQ clients and colleagues and contribute to LGBTQ-related research, which is needed to enhance care delivery to LGBTQ persons across professions. Future research should focus on health outcomes resulting from interprofessional collaborations aimed at improving LGBTQ care and strategies to reduce discrimination against LGBTQ clients and employees.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Dr. Blackwell’s Research to be Published in the Journal of Transcultural Nursing

Filed under: Nursing Science — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 11:35

Dr. Blackwell’s original article, “Demonstrating Nursing Excellence through Equality: The Relationship Between Magnet®Status and Organizational LGBTQ Client Services and Support” has been ACCEPTED for publication in the Journal of Transcultural Nursing. The article explores findings from Dr. Blackwell’s work examining the relationship between healthcare organizations’ score on the HRC Healthcare Equality Index and their status as being a Magnet®-recognized institution. The article, focusing on the importance of results assessing the specific HRC HEI dimension of Organizational LGBTQ Client Services and Support, will be published later this year. The abstract appears below:

Introduction: Human Rights Campaign (HRC) annually scores healthcare treatment of LGBTQ employees and clients among four measured dimensions in its Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). The purpose of this study was to determine if the score organizations earned on the 2018 HEI dimension measuring LGBTQ client services and support correlated with organizations’ ANCC Magnet®recognition status, a distinction of nursing excellence.

Methods: Using a secondary data analysis approach, data obtained from HRC that specifically rated LGBTQ client services and support in 2018 HEI participating organizations (=626) were compared to the most recent inventory of ANCC Magnet®healthcare organizations (=477). 

Results: LGBTQ client services and support HEI scores positively correlated with Magnet®status (= .0002). 

Discussion: Provision of LGBTQ client services and Magnet®recognition is strongly related to higher quality nursing care, suggesting organizations earning Magnet®recognition provide more equitable services to its LGBTQ clients.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Dr. Blackwell Presents Original Presentation on Comprehensive Strategies to Prevent HIV in Adults and Adolescents at 2019 AANP Conference

Filed under: Nursing Science — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:13

Dr. Christopher Blackwell presented his original presentation, “Preventing HIV in Adolescents and Adults: PrEP, PEP, and Other Innovative Strategies” at the 2019 Conference of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in Indianapolis, IN. HIV remains a major public health issue and disparity, particularly in ethnic and sexual minorities. NPs may be familiar with non-pharmacologic HIV prevention but unfamiliar with pharmacologic prevention strategies for HIV pre- and post-exposure. NPs need a solid understanding regarding the pathophysiologic relationships between HIV RNA levels, CD4 counts, and HIV communicability and how these data apply clinically, and be current on HIV prevention research and their clinical and public health role in HIV prevention. 

The presentation provided an overview of the most current clinical strategies used in the prevention of HIV infection in adolescents and adults, focusing on use of pharmacologic pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV in high-risk individuals. In addition, pharmacologic post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) guidelines and treatments aimed at preventing HIV infection in persons with potential exposure were also examined and discussed.

Prescribing principles of both PrEP and PEP were reviewed. Evidence-based data regarding traditional clinical and public health HIV prevention approaches were also critiqued. The relationships between HIV RNA level (viral load), CD4 count, and HIV communicability were explored, with emphasis on an understanding of the recent CDC declaration regarding non-communicability of HIV in infected persons with an undetectable viral load. Finally, strategies direct future research initiatives in HIV prevention and advance the nurse practitioner’s role in preventing HIV infection were provided.

The presentation can be accessed here: http://drchristopherblackwell.com/documents/hivprevention_2019_AANP_000.pdf

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Dr. Blackwell to be Inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing

Filed under: Nursing Science — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 14:31

Dr. Christopher Blackwell, Associate Professor & Director of AGACNP Programs in the College of Nursing at the University of Central Florida was notified on May 16th that he has been selected for induction as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).

According to AAN: The Academy serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy, practice and science through organizational excellence and effective nursing leadership. Every day across America, the Academy and its members create and execute knowledge-driving and policy-related initiates to drive reform of America’s health system.

Academy’s more than 2,700 members, known as Fellows, are nursing’s most accomplished leaders in education management, practice and research. Fellows include association executives; university presidents, chancellors, and deans; state and federal political appointees; hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing; nurse consultants; researchers; and entrepreneurs.

Fellows have been recognized for their extraordinary nursing careers and are among the nation’s most highly-educated citizens: more than 90% hold doctoral degrees and the rest have completed masters programs. Invitation to the fellowship represents more than recognition of one’s accomplishments within the nursing profession. Academy fellows also have a responsibility to contribute their time and energies to the Academy and to engage with other health leaders outside the Academy in transforming America’s health system by

  • Enhancing the quality of health and nursing care,
  • Promoting healthy aging and human development across the life continuum,
  • Reducing health disparities and inequalities,
  • Shaping healthy behaviors and environments,
  • Integrating mental and physical health, and
  • Strengthening the nursing and health delivery system, nationally and internationally.

Being inducted as a FAAN is widely considered to be the pinnacle of accomplishment and achievement within the nursing profession. The ceremony will take place in Washington, DC on October 26th. Dr. Blackwell will be joined by UCF College of Nursing colleagues Drs. Annette Bourgault and Vicki Loerezel, also selected for 2019 FAAN induction.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Dr. Blackwell Awarded 2017 National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties’ Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Educator Award

Filed under: Nursing Science — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 03:22

 Christopher W. Blackwell, Ph.D., ARNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, CNE, FAANP has received a major national accolade. The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) awarded Blackwell their 2017 award for Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Educator. NONPF selects one nurse practitioner educator in the United States annually to receive the prestigious award. Individuals must be nominated by their peers to be considered for the recognition. They must demonstrate substantial contribution to the advancement of nurse practitioner education at the local, regional, national, or international level. Final nominees are judged based on the impact of their work on innovative curriculum development, outstanding teaching ability, educational policy development, and development of creative teaching techniques/strategies. Dr. Blackwell received the award at the 2017 Annual NONPF Meeting in Washington, DC.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dr. Blackwell Wins the 2017 UCF College of Nursing Award for Excellence in Research

Filed under: Nursing Science,UCF News and Event — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 01:39

Christopher W. Blackwell, Ph.D., ARNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, CNE, FAANP, Associate ProfessorCoordinator of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Programs in the College of Nursing at the University of Central Florida was awarded for Excellence in Research by the College of Nursing. Dr. Blackwell was recognized at the UCF Founder’s Day ceremony on April 5th.

   

Friday, June 24, 2016

Dr. Blackwell Inducted as Fellow in the AANP

Filed under: Nursing Science — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 01:51

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Dr. Christopher Blackwell, ARNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, CNE, FAANP was inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners on Thursday, June 23rd at the 2016 Conference of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. As a Fellow, Dr. Blackwell joins a highly selective and premier group of nurse practitioners who have demonstrated significant impacts on the United States’ healthcare system, advancement of the nurse practitioner profession, and substantial improvements to the nation’s health. Dr. Blackwell’s AANP’s selection bio, plaque, and FAANP medallion appears below:

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Dr. Blackwell Presents at AANP Conference

Filed under: Nursing Science — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 01:10

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Today, I was able to present my original work, “Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: An Emerging Clinical Approach to Preventing HIV in High-Risk Adults” at the 2015 Annual Conference of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in New Orleans, LA. My presentation, part of a workshop dedicated solely to the topic of infectious diseases at the conference, was based on my 2014 publication of a similar title appearing in The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care and can be found here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Publication Updates: The NP Article Released; AENJ Article Fully Accepted

Filed under: Nursing Science — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 23:32

issue_1078755 Great news and updates regarding two articles I recently wrote. One has gone on to publication while the other has moved to being classified as “in press.” The first article, “Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: An Emerging Clinical Approach to Preventing HIV in High-Risk Adults” has been published in this month’s issue of The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Healthcare. The article explores advances in HIV prevention in those at high risk through the use of the antiretroviral medication Truvada. The abstract appears below.

Preexposure prophylaxis: An emerging clinical approach to preventing HIV in high-risk adults

Abstract: The HIV antiretroviral drug emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (Truvada) was recently approved as preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) therapy for adults at high risk for sexually acquired HIV infection. This article reviews the data supporting the efficacy of PrEP, and provides other relevant data regarding the implementation of PrEP.

Advanced_Emergency_Nursing_Journal_cover In other news, my article, “Assessment and Treatment of Depression in Gay and Bisexual Men in Emergency Settings” has been FULLY accepted for publication in the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal and will most likely appear in-publication early next year. Browse my publications under the Research tab and download my CV for a full listing of my publication record.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Article Examining Vaccination Guidelines in Gay/Bi Men Published

Filed under: Health and Social Policy,Nursing Science — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 03:11

 

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Great news! My original article “Vaccination Guidelines for Gay and Bisexual Men” has been published in this month’s issue of The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Healthcare. The article explores current vaccination recommendations for gay and bisexual men and provides strategies to reduce barriers to vaccination in this population. Access the article by clicking on the link below:

Blackwell, C.W. (2014). Vaccination guidelines in gay and bisexual men. The Nurse Practitioner; The American Journal of Primary Healthcare 39 (2), 34-39. DOI: 10.1097/01.NPR0000441910.01654.2b.

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